Post John F. Kennedy Assassination "Air Force One Flight Deck Recording," 11/22/1963
National Archives description: "Custodial History: This reel-to-reel audio recording was made by the White House Communications Agency (WHCA) sometime between the end of November 1963 and July 1965 for Chester ("Ted") Clifton, Senior Military Aide to John F. Kennedy and later military aide to Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ).
Clifton was in the Dallas motorcade when Kennedy was shot and killed, onboard Air Force One with Kennedy's body, and involved in the radio discussions heard on the recording. The tape was held privately by him until it was obtained by the Raab Collection from the heirs of his estate.
Scope & Content This audio recording, created by the White House Communications Agency (WHCA), contains radio communications from onboard the Air Force One (AF-1) flight that carried President John F. Kennedy's body back to Washington, DC following his assassination.
The tape is labeled "Radio Traffic involving AF-1 in flight from Dallas, Texas to Andrews AFB on November 22, 1963" and is marked for "General Clifton." It captures conversations between the aircraft and the White House Situation Room, as well as other locations in the immediate wake of the assassination.
The topics discussed include the President's assassination; the wounding of Governor John Connolly of Texas; disposition of the President's body (where it should be taken, how it should be removed and transported from the plane); arrangements for Jacqueline Kennedy following touchdown in Washington; the President's autopsy; arrangements for limousines, ambulances, etc.; and other topics."
National Archives Identifier: 6125747